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Trip Planning

The Andaman Islands is a Dream Holiday Destination. How do you plan your diving trip with Scuba and travel to Havelock & Neil Island to dive Andamans and dive in India?

A wondrous realm

Welcome to one of the world’s best-kept secrets – the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Scattered in the Bay of Bengal, these 572 jewels are a rare gift of nature. The islands cover an area of 8249 sq. km. and their tropical rainforests and beautiful unexplored beaches have been graded excellent by many researchers.

Here you can explore crystal clear waters that are home to one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. While there are 4500 species of marine life to discover in the waters, the land too offers thousands of species of flora and fauna; including leatherback sea turtles and many exotic and rare species of birds. This virgin locale is off the beaten track and remains free from excessive commercialisation – truly a SCUBA diver’s dream destination!


When to travel

The traditional diving season in the Andaman Sea is from September till May, with water temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. September sees the end of the monsoons, with an abundance of sea life and some superb diving. November till January sees the occasional shower. This period is traditionally very busy due to the various festivals. Between February and April one can experience flat seas, excellent weather and great visibility. This is also the best period to head out for Safaris! In June the rainy season sets in, the island becomes lush and green, and the diving is refreshing! Scuba offers diving all year round!

Visas and other formalities

Foreign nationals visiting India need to apply for a visa prior to arrival at their respective Indian Embassies or online. India does not issue visas on arrival. Upon reaching Port Blair, every foreign passport holder is issued a Restricted Area Permit (valid for 30 days). Indian Nationals do not require such a permit.

Your travel options

The easiest way to get to the Andaman Islands is by flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata or Chennai. For flight schedules to Port Blair and bookings we advise you to check Make My Trip, or Clear Trip, two very popular online travel portals.

Medical and First-Aid provisions

Port Blair has got an excellent and well-stocked hospital. A hyperbaric chamber is also present. On the islands however, medicines might be a little harder to access. We therefore advise you to carry all your essential requirements along. As with most holidays, do pack some minimal first aid and prescribed medicines. It is also wise to consult your doctor for any vaccinations you may require.

Other essentials

A reminder; do carry your shorts, sunglasses, hat, sun block, rehydration tablets, mosquito repellent, camera, flashlight, debit or credit card and cash. Port Blair and Havelock have money exchange agents and ATMs (Neil Island has no ATM!). Now you are all set for your holiday! Just one more thing: roaming is available for mobile phones; Internet is all through satellite so can be a bit slow. But once you realise you are in paradise; you can totally unplug and forget about these for now!


Preserving the Emerald Islands

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the last undiscovered gems in the world, and despite a growing number of tourists every year; the islands have preserved their charm. We love these islands and are passionate about keeping them special in order to live our dream every day. We therefore request visitors to:

• “Take Memories, Leave Bubbles” whilst diving. Do not break any corals, touch any sea life or ride any of the magnificent creatures (Mantas, Turtles) that you will encounter
• Refrain from eating at restaurants that serve shark fin soup. Sharks are on the brink of extinction
• Do not litter the beaches or dive spots. Please take your garbage with you and dispose of it in a responsible manner
• Water is essential! When showering, reduce your water consumption. When drinking, please refill your bottle instead of buying a new one and leaving more plastic behind
• Refrain from giving freebies to the indigenous people; it creates dependency and a culture of begging